February 22, 2013, Number 7

Activity at the Capitol is starting to heat up.  Over 2,000 bills have been filed, and thousands more will be filed in the next two weeks. Committees for both chambers...


The appropriations process is ever-changing, and nothing is final until the budget passes. That being said, early indications from the Senate Finance Committee show that local...


Federal legislation has been filed that would give states the authority to compel most online and catalog retailers to collect sales taxes at the time of sale, regardless of...


With less than 100 days to go in the regular legislative session, committees are beginning to meet with increased frequency, and bills are starting to move.  Of particular note,...


When the legislature is in session, nothing compares to the effectiveness of city officials testifying at the Capitol. City officials who take their time to travel to Austin to speak...



Interested in Having Your City Recognized as a Scenic City?

Texas cities need every competitive edge for economic development and tourism. Cities that boast high standards for their public roadways and public spaces have the advantage in attracting the attention of site selection specialists, meeting planners, and visitors. The Scenic City Certification Program publicly recognizes cities with these established scenic standards.


Join us for an hour-long Webinar at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, to hear Scenic Texas Executive Vice President Anne Culver explain the Scenic City Certification Program (www.sceniccitycertification.org) and the process for applying.  


Registration is $45 per computer connection. Gather your co-workers to participate in this hour-long session, and get your questions answered. For more information about the Webinar and to register, visit Scenic City Certification Program Webinar.


It's Time for Show and Tell: Apply for a Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Award

The Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Awards recognize and encourage the achievements of Texas cities in meeting the challenge of municipal government. The competition is divided into two population categories-cities less than 25,000 in population and cities over 25,000 in population. Within each of the two population categories, there are five subject categories-management innovations, communication programs, city spirit, public safety, and public works. The deadline to submit applications is June 7, 2013.


Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI)

Now is the time for elected officials to set the goal of obtaining certification through the Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI). TMLI is a voluntary certification program for elected officials in TML member cities and is sponsored by the Texas Municipal League and the Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (AMCC). The highest level of recognition an elected official can obtain is Certified Municipal Official (CMO).



Region 12
February 28, 1013
La Joya
Meeting Information
Region 16
February 28, 2013
Region 11
March 7, 2013
Region 10
March 21, 2013

Region 3
March 28, 2013
Region 14
April 4, 2013
Region 2
April 18, 2013
Region 5
April 25, 2013
Region 15
April 25, 2013
Region 11
June 21, 2013

Region 3
June 27, 2013
Region 3
September 19, 2013
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February 28-March 1

March 6

March 11

March 21-22

March 21-22
March 22
April 14-17
Government Finance Officers Association of Texas Spring Institute

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